Preserving Local History

Preservation Matters!

Local Preservation Month is sponsored in collaboration with the City of Elgin’s Heritage Commission and the Elgin Area Historical Society.

Preservation Matters! is the theme for this year’s Preservation Month based on the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In today’s fast-paced, high-tech, disposable society it is more important then ever to remain dedicated to preserving our past. So join in the celebration of preservation efforts through activities, programs, tours and lectures during the month of May and discover why Preservation should matter to you!

You may be wondering if preservation really does matter to the City of Elgin. The answer is a resounding yes! The City of Elgin is committed to maintain the architectural and cultural heritage of our past as we move forward. Preserving where Elgin came from through buildings and cultural experiences saves our past for all to enjoy today and in the future. Every day the City reaffirms its commitment to preservation through grant programs, code enforcement, design guideline applications and redevelopment opportunities.


Share Your Experiences & More...

Visit our interactive community discussions to share your own experience through text or other media. View books and websites suggested by our librarians and add your recommendations to the list. See what others in your community are contributing to the Tapestry!


Special Exhibits in May


Digital Past

Digital Past, based at the North Suburban Library System , offers a treasure trove of photographs, postcards, diaries, oral histories, documents, movies, interpretive exhibits, and other historical materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural venues throughout Illinois.


Tapestry of Freedom

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Copyright.

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